The Ontario government says Windsor-Essex has finally been given the green light to move into Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 12:01 a.m.
Windsor-Essex, which was the only region remaining in Stage 2, has been at the centre of COVID-19 oubreaks among migrant farm workers.
The rest of Ontario had moved into Stage 3 at various points in July.
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Officials said the decision was based on positive local trends that included lower transmission of the virus in recent daily case counts.
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“Thanks to the collective efforts of our frontline health care workers, public health experts, and the people of Windsor-Essex, more businesses in the region can hang up their ‘Open for Business’ sign and more people can go back to work as of this Wednesday,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement.
“As all of Ontario now enters into Stage 3, I ask everyone to remain on their guard and keep following the public health measures to protect the tremendous progress we’ve made and keep this deadly virus at bay.”
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